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Obituary for Betty Jane Saelens (McGraw)

MAY 23, 1941– JANUARY 15, 2021
In loving memory of Betty Jane Saelens (nee McGraw), in her 80th year, of Tillsonburg, Ontario, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, succumbing to COVID 19. Betty was born on May 23, 1941 on the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nations on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Predeceased by her loving husband Harry Saelens (2015), parents Stanley and Veronica McGraw and her brothers-in-law Bob Cranney and Rollie Bebamash. Survived by her children, Bob (Jenny) McGraw, Victor King, JoyAnne (Tony) Estey, Richard (Theresa) Saelens, Steve (Cindy) Saelens and Terry (Sue) Saelens. Her siblings, Gladys King, Joan Cranney, Irvin McGraw, Gordon McGraw, Fred (Karen) McGraw, Kathy Bebamash, Beverly (Bruce) Wilson, Audrey (John) Stone, Vernon (Shauna) McGraw. Her legacy will live on through numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Betty grew up on the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nations, moving to Tillsonburg in 1965 where she lived for the remainder of her years. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary – Branch 153 Varnavair Legion in Tillsonburg. Betty was a lover of yard sales and welcomed people into her home to view and purchase her antiques. She loved Elvis, jewelry, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and listening to music (especially live music at Maple Manor). Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a private service will be held at a later date before an inurnment at the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations payable by cheque to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society and may be made by contacting Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) who have been entrusted with the arrangements. Personal condolences and favourite memories can be shared at